Lost Star Naveen Andrews Joins the Cast of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

By Steve Dove Jul 20, 2013

Revealed during the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland panel at Comic-Con 2013, Lost star Naveen Andrews joins the cast as the villainous Jafar!

Just how does Jafar fit into Wonderland? Remember that Alice finds love with a genie named Cyrus, so we may be looking at a Once Upon a Time-style twist on some of the characters from the story of Aladdin as well as those from Wonderland. The series creators aren't seeing the show as a stereotypical spin-off from ONCE, with Edward Kitsis saying "this is its own adventure." They also confirmed that season 1 will tell a complete story, but I'm sure there's more than one story to be told in Wonderland.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland - Comic-Con 2013 Panel
From left to right: Series Co-Creator Adam Horowitz, Series Co-Creator Edward Kitsis, Sophie Lowe (Alice), Peter Gadiot (Cyrus)
Also revealed during the panel, it was confirmed that each episode would contain a flashback, similar to Once Upon a Time, that will explore characters' backgrounds and motivations like how Cyrus wound up in a bottle, why Jafar is evil and how Alice found herself in an asylum in the series premiere. Series co-creator Edward Kitsis described the series as "all killer, no filler."
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland - Comic-Con 2013 Panel
From left to right: Emma Rigby (The Queen of Hearts), Michael Socha (Knave of Hearts), Executive Producer Zack Estrin
The other major reveal was the announcement that The Cheshire Cat will make an appearance during the first season. There will also be mash-ups that ONCE fans are used to, but nothing sci-fi like the introduction of Dr. Frankenstein in Once Upon a Time season 2. Finally, in response to a fan question about if there will be any LGBT characters, Edward Kitsis stated "we respect love" and confirmed that there will be a gay character in the series' first season.
Keep checking back here on ABC.com for all of the latest updates on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.